Top 10 quotes from NCOP Q&A with President Zuma

By Drum Digital
25 October 2016

President Zuma’s Q&A session in the National Council of Provinces covered all the basics and ticked the boxes in bringing up some of the major issues that the country has been faced with in 2016.

President Zuma’s Q&A session in the National Council of Provinces covered all the basics and ticked the boxes in bringing up some of the major issues that the country has been faced with in 2016.

Zuma shed light on his thoughts on issues such as the Public Protector, state capture Report, the NPA investigation into the finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the ongoing #FeesMustFall protests.

Here are some of the insightful quotes from Zuma’s delivery in the Q & A session:

  1. "We need to do a scientific investigation to see if free tertiary education is possible."
  2. "We discuss corruption all the time, it's not a special issue"
  3. “If the president was to interfere in any matter of a Chapter 9 Institutions then it will be closer to a banana republic.
  4. “The minister (Finance minister Pravin Gordhan) is innocent until found guilty.”
  5. “As a citizen of the country, I have a right to exercise my rights in terms of the public protector’s report. I interdicted it because she was going to release it having not talked to me or asked me questions.”
  6. "Operation Phakisa in the ocean economy has unlocked R17 billion in public and private investment"
  7. Who must evaluate SOEs? Can they evaluate themselves? I don’t think so. The council can sit and evaluate all of them."
  8. “In the long term the cost to relocate parliament from Cape Town will be significantly less than to maintain the status quo.”
  9. “The manner in which ratings agencies have operated so far leaves some concern to developing countries and members of BRICS. The concentration of rating doesn’t seem well balanced.”
  10. "South African Airways has been in trouble all the time, not just today. We want to turnaround the company not sell it"

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